Focus Consultants has been awarded a five-year contract to carry out fire risk assessments on 1,000 homes in the asra Housing Group.

 The company specialises in providing bulk surveys across multiple locations and works with private sector landlords, registered social landlords, schools, colleges, universities and other organisations to ensure that fire risks in their premises are minimised.

The contract, which started in October 2012, will involve the inspection of all common parts of the asra Housing Group’s buildings and a number of sample homes, ranging from high-rise apartment blocks to two-storey house conversions.

It will also involve fire risk assessments of the asra Housing Group’s offices and other relevant buildings.

 “Focus Consultants has worked with the asra Housing Group for several years and we are very pleased to be extending our existing close relationship with the group through this contract,” said Keith Butler, a partner at Focus Consultants who is leading the project.

The work is a statutory requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Housing Act 2004, and is one of six long-term asset management contracts worth more than £55million that have recently been announced by the asra Housing Group.

The inspections will be carried out by the team at Focus Consultants on properties in the East Midlands, West Midlands and London.

They will include initial risk assessments, followed by periodic reviews at regular intervals. Focus, which has its head office at Phoenix Business Park, Nottingham, and offices in Leicester, London, Lincoln and Boston, specialises in carrying out large-scale fire risk assessments and developing, implementing and managing improvement programmes to bring risk levels down and keep them that way.

 The company provides a range of construction and property services, including building surveying, professional services such as party wall surveying and expert witnesses, energy carbon sustainability advice, project management, and economic development and funding support.

 asra is one of the UK’s leading housing and regeneration providers. The group’s property portfolio contains more than 13,000 homes in the Midlands and London.

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